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Old 10-10-2013, 06:55 AM   #31501
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3.5 weeks with no riding, only running. I'm not having withdrawals yet but I will be in Texas next week visiting family and out-of-sight of my bikes for the first time in over a year. Perhaps that whole "absence makes the heart grow fonder" will stir the desire again...
How long does your coach want you to stay off the bike. Is it just so you will start afresh in the new season?
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:04 AM   #31502
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Is it just so you will start afresh in the new season?
The answer to that is a resounding YES! As much as ole Ridge was riding this year, he (I'll) needs a break. My break is coming after the last CX race of the season (8Dec) and will be for a few weeks.

While I'm as hardcore as about anyone, 50deg and pouring rain meant I rode the trainer for the first time this 'winter.' Didn't do much other than toodle, but the fact remains I'm at 50% of my trainer usage from last year and its only Oct!

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Old 10-10-2013, 07:16 AM   #31503
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Wow man, you would have had to pick pieces of my saddle out of my sphincter after that!

I'm getting a little commuter burnout today. It's a combination of being sick physically and sick of idiot drivers. Taking the motorcycle today, hoping I feel better tomorrow
I've been trying very hard to not let the idiots get to me (mentally and physically). Every so often I switch to the motorcycle, but I end up regretting it on the ride home when I'm sitting in lines of traffic and it takes me longer than it would have on the bike (takes 55 minutes one way on the bike).
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:23 AM   #31504
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I've been trying very hard to not let the idiots get to me (mentally and physically). Every so often I switch to the motorcycle, but I end up regretting it on the ride home when I'm sitting in lines of traffic and it takes me longer than it would have on the bike (takes 55 minutes one way on the bike).
It's no comfort but he did the same to the car next to you. That was too close.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:25 AM   #31505
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Hopped on the scales this morning and saw that I'm down to 170.4 lbs., the least I've ever weighed as an adult. I can still fold just over an inch of skin around my midsection, so there's plenty left to lose. It suggests that getting my weight down to the low 160's without being unhealthy may be feasible, even for a six footer like me. My arms are starting to look a bit scrawny though, so I may hit the gym and resume my upper body workouts. Don't want to end up looking like one of those stick-boy racers.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:31 AM   #31506
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I've been trying very hard to not let the idiots get to me (mentally and physically). Every so often I switch to the motorcycle, but I end up regretting it on the ride home when I'm sitting in lines of traffic and it takes me longer than it would have on the bike (takes 55 minutes one way on the bike).
Yep, that was one of the leading reasons my little brother left Atlanta. He has no regrets after moving to a small city with much better cycling opportunities (road & MTB).
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:39 AM   #31507
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It's no comfort but he did the same to the car next to you. That was too close.
Yep. Bet the guy next to me had to change his/her underwear, too.



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Yep, that was one of the leading reasons my little brother left Atlanta. He has no regrets after moving to a small city with much better cycling opportunities (road & MTB).
We've been thinking of moving for a while now, especially now that we have a 14 month-old daughter and a second one due in April. Saying the schools suck here is an understatement. I had a talk with my boss last week and am being "promoted" (same position since we're a small team inside the larger company, but increased pay and higher position), so we'll have to see what the details of that are, but moving is still a definite option. Where did your brother move to?
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:48 AM   #31508
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How long does your coach want you to stay off the bike. Is it just so you will start afresh in the new season?
I'm certain he'll have me back on the bike after I return. I plan to continue running though since it fits so well into my ridiculous schedule right now. Most likely running during the week and riding on weekends until this semester is over...

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99% of this morning's commute in was great, the other 1% made me want to kick a puppy.
Maybe not a puppy... but I'd want a souvenir of that driver's anatomy on my trophy wall.

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:00 AM   #31509
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #31510
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We've been thinking of moving for a while now, especially now that we have a 14 month-old daughter and a second one due in April. Saying the schools suck here is an understatement. I had a talk with my boss last week and am being "promoted" (same position since we're a small team inside the larger company, but increased pay and higher position), so we'll have to see what the details of that are, but moving is still a definite option. Where did your brother move to?
He moved to Roanoke, Va. Good public (county)schools, low traffic, low crime, active cycling community, excellent twisty roads for motorcycle riding, easy day trips to Snowshoe for skiing. Of course, its a slower pace than ATL which can lead to some moments of boredom, but if you're into the outdoors, there's plenty of stuff to keep busy. The wife and I almost moved back there after getting fed up with the yuppy rat race of Raleigh, but we decided on Chattanooga instead because there is a lot more to do here and the winters are much milder. If you want proximity to ATL, look here first. My only complaint is the extremely wet winters with 4-5 days of rain in a row.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:22 AM   #31511
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Maybe not a puppy... but I'd want a souvenir of that driver's anatomy on my trophy wall.
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He moved to Roanoke, Va. Good public (county)schools, low traffic, low crime, active cycling community, excellent twisty roads for motorcycle riding, easy day trips to Snowshoe for skiing. Of course, its a slower pace than ATL which can lead to some moments of boredom, but if you're into the outdoors, there's plenty of stuff to keep busy. The wife and I almost moved back there after getting fed up with the yuppy rat race of Raleigh, but we decided on Chattanooga instead because there is a lot more to do here and the winters are much milder. If you want proximity to ATL, look here first. My only complaint is the extremely wet winters with 4-5 days of rain in a row.
Neither my wife nor I care for the pace here in Atlanta (people trying to make up for stupidity by substituting speed, and I don't necessarily mean with regards to traffic). The only saving grace of ATL is the airport and sometimes finding good deals when we want to travel. We both love the outdoors, and snow doesn't bother us (the asian tiger mosquitoes this year were terrible here though, one thing we could do without). I'm going to do some reading up on Roanoke and Chattanooga and add them to the list of candidates. At this point, good schools are high on the priority list, and finding a place where kids can be kids (but that's neighborhood specific).
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #31512
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Neither my wife nor I care for the pace here in Atlanta (people trying to make up for stupidity by substituting speed, and I don't necessarily mean with regards to traffic). The only saving grace of ATL is the airport and sometimes finding good deals when we want to travel. We both love the outdoors, and snow doesn't bother us (the asian tiger mosquitoes this year were terrible here though, one thing we could do without). I'm going to do some reading up on Roanoke and Chattanooga and add them to the list of candidates. At this point, good schools are high on the priority list, and finding a place where kids can be kids (but that's neighborhood specific).
Well you're only 90 miles away, so it's worth the easy drive up I-75 to check it out. For a city with only 170K people, this place has a ton of stuff going on and it is getting busier. It far exceeds Raleigh/Durham which has over a million, unless life revolves around college ball games or shopping. Schools inside the city are pretty crap, but there are good ones out in parts of the county. As for flights, you're stuck with connecting to ATL. However, Groome Transport does run hourly airport shuttle vans to Nashville and ATL for cheaper than you can drive/park there. The wife has done that and saved money while catching up on sleep.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:39 AM   #31513
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It far exceeds Raleigh/Durham which has over a million, unless life revolves around college ball games or shopping..
Raleigh/Cary is currently experiencing an epidemic-level of yankee infestation. These parasites are mostly migratng from the NYC area and bringing their big-city, F.U. virus to our quaint state. Though they primarily inhabit the Cary/Apex locales, it is advisable to just completely abandon all hope for any modicum of decency or common sense in the entirety of Wake county.

I am happy to report that Durham is still dirty though and I frequent there often!
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:40 AM   #31514
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He moved to Roanoke, Va. Good public (county)schools, low traffic, low crime, active cycling community, excellent twisty roads for motorcycle riding, easy day trips to Snowshoe for skiing. Of course, its a slower pace than ATL which can lead to some moments of boredom, but if you're into the outdoors, there's plenty of stuff to keep busy. The wife and I almost moved back there after getting fed up with the yuppy rat race of Raleigh, but we decided on Chattanooga instead because there is a lot more to do here and the winters are much milder. If you want proximity to ATL, look here first. My only complaint is the extremely wet winters with 4-5 days of rain in a row.
I lived and worked in Salem in the late 80's and was subsequently in and out of there through the mid 90's. I really enjoyed my time there. I also lived in Wilington NC - another place I really emjoyed.

We moved from ATL to PHX in 1995 and other than missing family that was only a couple of hours from there, I've never regretted leaving it behind. Sure - Phoenix is similar in size but things just seem calmer here.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:02 AM   #31515
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Raleigh/Cary is currently experiencing an epidemic-level of yankee infestation. These parasites are mostly migratng from the NYC area and bringing their big-city, F.U. virus to our quaint state. Though they primarily inhabit the Cary/Apex locales, it is advisable to just completely abandon all hope for any modicum of decency or common sense in the entirety of Wake county.
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That's been going on for a while. We couldn't wait to leave after 3 long years. Not many natives still around, but they did say Cary really meant Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees.
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